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  • Title: Hamlet (Quarto 1, 1603)
  • Textual editor: Eric Rasmussen
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-434-9

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    Author: William Shakespeare
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    Hamlet (Quarto 1, 1603)

    The Tragedie of Hamlet
    1445 Pa storall, Hi storicall, Hi storicall, Comicall,
    Comicall hi storicall, Pa storall, Tragedy hi storicall:
    Seneca cannot be too heauy, nor Plato too light:
    For the law hath writ those are the onely men.
    Ha. O Iepha Iudge of Israel! what a treasure had st thou?
    Cor. Why what a treasure had he my lord?
    Ham. Why one faire daughter, and no more,
    1455 The which he loued pa s sing well.
    Cor. A, stil harping a my daughter! well my Lord,
    If you call me Iepha, I hane a daughter that
    I loue pa s sing well.
    1460 Ham. Nay that followes not.
    Cor. What followes then my Lord?
    Ham. Why by lot, or God wot, or as it came to pa s s e,
    And so it was, the fir st verse of the godly Ballet
    Wil tel you all: for look you where my abridgement comes:
    Welcome mai sters, welcome all, Enter players.
    What my olde friend, thy face is vallanced
    Since I saw thee la st, com' st thou to beard me in Denmarke?
    1470 My yong lady and mi stris, burlady but your
    Ladi ship is growne by the altitude of a chopine higher than (you were:
    Pray God sir your voyce, like a peece of vncurrant
    Golde, be not crack't in the ring: come on mai sters,
    Weele euen too't, like French Falconers,
    1475 Flie at any thing we see, come, a ta ste of your
    Quallitie, a speech, a pa s sionate speech.
    Players What speech my good lord?
    Ham. I heard thee speake a speech once,
    But it was neuer acted: or if it were,
    1480 Neuer aboue twice, for as I remember,
    It pleased not the vulgar, it was cauiary
    To the million: but to me
    And others, that receiued it in the like kinde,
    Cried in the toppe of their iudgements, an excellent play,
    Set downe with as great mode stie as cunning:
    1485 One said there was no sallets in the lines to make thē sauory,